Children salute to the red-and-white flag during an independence day ceremony at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Children in Cilincing Commemorate Independence Day

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

AUGUST 17, 2021

Indonesia entered its 76th years of independence on August 17, 2021.

To honor the independence day, children who live at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing in North Jakarta, held a simple flag-raising ceremony on Tuesday. Despite its simplicity, the children were fired up to show their love for the country.

The children dressed in red-and-white to reflect the colors of the Indonesian flag. They even had already gathered in the large field at the end of Jalan Belah Kapal since 6 a.m. Under the scorching morning sun and the typical ocean fragrance, they held a brief rehearsal before finally starting the ceremony.

It was Kelas Jurnalis Cilik —a community offering journalism courses to children living in Jakarta's coastlines— who came up with the idea for a "mini" flag ceremony. The community's founder Syamsudin Ilyas even took the role of leading the event. The ceremony might have lacked a complete choir or the sophisticated national flag-hoisting troop. Even so, it took place solemnly and happily.  

Syamsudin Ilyas reads pancasila during commemoration of Indonesian Independence Day at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Syamsudin Ilyas reads the Pancasila during the independence day ceremony at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child waves Indonesian flag at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child waves the Indonesian flag at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child takes a role as music dirigent during Indonesian Independence ceremony at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child takes on the role as a conductor during the independence day ceremony at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children give salute to Indonesian flag at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children salute to the Indonesian flag at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children salute during Indonesian Independence Day ceremony at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children salute to the Indonesian flag during the independence day ceremony at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child laughs at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child laughs with his friend at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children play at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children play near old tires at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child puts Indonesian flag sticker on her cheek at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child puts an Indonesian flag sticker on her cheek at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman carries four children with a motorcycle at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman carries four children with a motorcycle at Jalan Belah Kapal, Cilincing, North Jakarta on August 17, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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